VA Nuke Returns to Full Power

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 @ 03:03 PM gHale


After having to reduce power to repair a broken air line, Dominion Virginia Power returned one of its Surry, VA, nuclear power plant units to full function.

Surry’s Unit 2 reached full power early Friday morning after reducing down to 73 percent of operating capacity at 2:41 a.m. Thursday, said U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) spokesman Joey Ledford.

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Ledford said Unit 2 operators detected a break in an instrument air line that feeds the unit’s high-pressure feedwater heaters.

“They needed to down power before they could repair that,” Ledford said.

Unit 1 at Surry, about 45 miles southeast of Richmond along the James River, kept chugging along at 100 percent of capacity.



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